Volodymyr Zelensky, the Ukrainian actor-turned-statesman, can be easily compared to America’s founding father, President George Washington, according to former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Pompeo, who served as Secretary of State under the Trump administration and is now rumored to be considering a run for the White House in 2024, made the remarks last month at the Hudson Institute, a interventionist foreign policy think tank that supported the Iraq war, according to Big League Politics.
Pompeo launched, “On the base of the Shevchenko memorial are inscribed these words. They read, ‘When will Ukraine have its own Washington with fair and just laws? Someday we will.’”
“I believe Ukraine has found its Washington in the embodiment of a single man,” said the former CIA Director. “His name is Volodymyr Zelensky. He has led the world at a time of great peril.”
The speech Mike Pomepo gave at the Hudson Institute was a disgrace to America First. I kid you not, Pomepo compared Zelenskyy to George Washington, called for the US to give even more arms to Ukraine, and rejected all calls for peace.https://t.co/6VKgAys720
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Elsewhere in his speech, Pompeo described Ukraine as one of the key “lighthouses for liberty” that the United States was duty bound to protect. The other two are Taiwan and Israel.
“By aiding Ukraine, we undermined the creation of a Russian-Chinese axis bent on exerting military and economic hegemony in Europe, in Asia and in the Middle East,” said Pompeo.
Accordingly, Pompeo insisted that Ukraine should refrain from pursuing a peace agreement with Russia regardless of the terms.
The former CIA Director & Secretary of State Mike Pompeo explains how devastating Europe through the proxy war in Ukraine really serves the foreign policy goals of the United States. pic.twitter.com/7bKJGYQPzp
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“America and the nations of the world cannot continue the pretense that the war in Ukraine can end in a negotiated peace, which mollifies Russia,” said Pompeo. “Ukraine must win this war. It must win this war decisively if it is to realize peace, independence and freedom.”
He added, “The war can be won. This war can be won if America and our allies supply a range of our most capable conventional weapons to Kyiv.”
A full transcript of Pompeo’s speech is available on the Hudson Institute’s website.
Pompeo’s stance that Ukraine should resist all calls for peace may be at odds with the international community, as earlier this year even Henry Kissinger urged Ukraine to cede land to Russia in the name of peace and stability in the region.
“Negotiations need to begin in the next two months before it creates upheavals and tensions that will not be easily overcome,” Kissinger warned in May. “Ideally, the dividing line should be a return to the status quo ante.”
He added, “Pursuing the war beyond that point would not be about the freedom of Ukraine, but a new war against Russia itself.”
Russia launched a “special military operation” against its neighbor in February of this year following a years long standoff over disputed territories in eastern Ukraine. Moscow claims it launched the “special military operation” to protect ethnic Russians from Ukrainian state violence in the breakaway republics Luhansk and Donetsk, while Kiev claims the invasion was unprovoked.